MCM Senior Wellbeing Programme 2022

As we approach the beginning of our first exeat, a time for both pupils and staff to pause and reflect on the first four weeks of term, it is important also to reflect on an issue that we are all concerned about: progress. Not academic progress. That, quite rightly, gets a significant amount of attention […]

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Parent Wellbeing Blog September 2022

Back in January 2020, I wrote the first of our Parent Wellbeing Blogs. The purpose of this channel of communication is to enable us to work together to help your son or daughter flourish at MCM and in later life. As stated then, we want parents to be fully aware of what we are doing […]

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Emotions | Parent Wellbeing Blog

The ‘Inside – Out’ and Upside – Down of Helping Our Children Manage Their Emotions   Recently, our very talented Shell Drama students presented their ‘Inside Out’ drama production, based on the animated Disney film about feelings. The piece, like the film, concentrates on the five emotions of: Fear; Disgust; Anger; Sadness and Joy.   […]

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Single Serving Friendships | Parent Wellbeing Blog

Social Distancing.   It has been one of the many pandemic era refrains running through our lives over the course of the last two years: the ideal physical distance between two people to keep them safe.   Recently, I took a trip to the mall and I noticed that, among the other SOPS slowly thawing […]

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Active Listening | Parent Wellbeing Blog

When we listen, how well do we really listen? Could we listen better? What would that actually look like? Just how important is it to listen effectively and how can that help us in our daily lives? When was the last time you really felt listened to? How did this make you feel?    I’m […]

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‘Sympathy, or Empathy?’ | Parent Wellbeing blog

A wise and much-respected character in fiction, Atticus Finch, tells his daughter Scout that ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’ (39). While ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is set in a rural Alabama town in […]

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Speaking of Well-being | Parent Wellbeing Blog

Speaking of well-being… Malay: kesejahteraan Spanish: bienestar. Chinese: 健康快乐 French: bien-être. Japanese:    幸福で満たされている状態 German: Wohlbefinden.   I first had the opportunity to learn a new language in my first year of senior school (a very long time ago!). French was the only language on offer- that made sense as the French and Scots have […]

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A Guide to Effective Exam Revision

Exam season is upon us. From internal assessments to exams that will help determine university predicted grades, without forgetting the ongoing external IGCSE and IB exams; there is a growing buzz around the College. It is natural and very normal for anxiety levels to increase during this time. As Beaks, this change of pace and […]

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Embracing your Inner Child | Parent Wellbeing Blog

“Don’t grow up, it’s a trap!” is one of my favourite quotes that reminds me to embrace my inner child through adulthood.  But what does that mean?  The dictionary definition of ‘inner child’ is ‘“the childlike usually hidden part of a person’s personality that is characterised by playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity” (Mirriam-Webster.com).  When we are […]

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Parent Wellbeing Blog | Reflections on Spirit and Community

We are delighted to welcome new pupils to the MCM campus in person this Summer Term with warm, smiling (masked) faces. As the situation regarding COVID-19 in Malaysia continues to improve, we continue to uphold our guiding principles around hygiene and distancing as these have proven to keep our community safe.   Community & Spirit […]

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Diving and Wellbeing | Parent Wellbeing Blog

Final few shutter clicks as my camera flash floods the hotel room with light. I’ve just set up my camera gear and packed my day pack. I walk over the sandy path between the bungalows towards the restaurant for an early morning breakfast. As usual, the restaurant is buzzing with life at this time of […]

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Ancient Chinese Methods to Relieve Stress | Parent Wellbeing Blog

“Where there is no movement there is pain. Where there is movement there is no pain.” –  Traditional Chinese saying   Acupuncture, which is called zhēn jiū in Chinese, is a medical treatment that originated in China. Zhēn means ‘needles that pierce one’s body’,  while Jiū means ‘moxibustion’, a kind of special treatment in traditional […]

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Tsunamis and Grief

Actor Richard E Grant, having recently lost his wife, said, “Grief hits us like tsunamis as we try and put one foot in front of the other”.  As our community was struck by grief earlier this term, I was compelled to write down my experience with grief, not for pity, but to help those who […]

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The Power of Conversation in the Digital Age

Observing one of our recent Friday well-being sessions, I was reminded of the immense impact of conversation on interpersonal connections. Being one of the three C’s of MCM – Conversation has always been recognized as paramount for connection and empathy. However, I want to highlight how, in this new digital age, conversations are even more […]

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The New Normal | Parent Wellbeing Blog

When I had children, I am not sure what I expected. Difficulty, sure, but what did I expect them to be like? I think I assumed a level of ‘normality’, once the initial post-birth check that they had all their fingers and toes was completed. Now, I wonder what I thought ‘normal’ was.   We […]

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